Greek Cypriot contemporary fashion designer, maRia aRistidou is the creator behind the self-titled label “maRia aRistidou” & “maRis” in 1997.
From the early years of her studies in Economics she discovered and developed, with a great persistence as a self-learner, her passion for fashion design. Her label is inspired by her love of the finer things in life as well as her exceptional eye for detail. maRia believes in creating designs that are wearable for men and women of today’s lifestyle with touches of elegance and luxury but at the same time comfort and simplicity.
Her collections encompass a variety of luxurious fabrics such as silks, cashmeres and wools of premium quality. The designer collaborates with artists as well as with craftsmen embroiderers in order to provide the glamour yet the simplicity she envisions for her designs. Her cutting edge collections vary from season to season, French to Japanese eras were some of her past inspirations.
The designer has had successful showings not only in her home country of Cyprus for philanthropic causes such as UNICEF, Make a Wish Cyprus, Arch. Makarios III Hospital Patients Welfare Fund and Target Breast Cancer,but also in New York for Hospitalised Veterans charity event, and in Paris for participating in Paris Pret-A-Porter A/W 07-08 as well as in the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week A/W 08-09. In 2011 she was nominated for the must magazine STYLE Awards in the category of Best Fashion Designer.
Her work includes the following:
-2013 Interview by Buki Koshoni – NAKED TV
-2011 maRia aRistidou Charity Fashion Show A/W 11-12:
maRia aRistidou Charity Fashion Show A/W 11-12 Backstage Fever:
-2010 Ghost & Bread film featuring Maria Aristidou Couture by Samuel Toole:
-2008 July 2nd: Salons Des Mirroirs, Paris. Participation in the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week A/W 08-09
-2008 Participation at the Fashion Target Breast Cancer Cyprus event
-2008 “Pleat me Please” show for UNICEF
-2007 Manhattan Motor Cars & Desmond Tutu Center Fashion Show for the Hospitalized Veterans, NY
-2007 “just me” Fashion show for UNICEF
-Summer Tshirt Collection 2007 for men and women “industrial me”
-”Social Butterflies” Summer T-Shirt Collections 2007
-Paris Expo-Porter De Versailles, Autumn/Winter Collection 07-08
-Galaxy fashion show 2007-08
-Summer in the City collection 2006 presented in Nikko, Nicosia.
-Winter 2005, maRia aRistidou’s Winter collection presented in “BiTSi”, Nicosia
-July 2004, she participated in the “Circle, Energy, Unity” Young Artist’s Exhibition at the Cultural Center of New S.P.E. Aglantzias in Nicosia.
-June 6th, 2004 in cooperation with the Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends and the great support from her sponsors maRia aRistidou had her 1st Official Summer Collection “WoMen Protect Men”. The fashion show was dedicated to the Association’s campaign for male cancer.
-March 2004, maRia aRistidou participated in the 4th Dance Platform-Dance Encounters organized by the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture Services as a stylist and a costume designer for the Dance Production “Aphrodite-Goddess of Beauty and Love”.
-May 2003, 2nd maRis® T-shirt collection in-house presentation. The collection was based only on Japanese OBI decorated with embroidered beading.
-Novermber 2003, 3rd maRis® T-shirt collection “The Social Butterfly Event”.
-2002-present, maRia aRistidou’s freelance styling work is showcased at “Pafitis Fabric Haute Couture” Nicosia store, where she presents innovative and feminine ideas by styling new fashions on the window mannequins, using the latest fabrics from Milan and Paris.
-Summer 2001, 1st maRis® T-shirt collection based on unique art designs and embroideries.
-May 2001, 1st Spring-Summer Collection® launched exclusively at “BiTSi”, Nicosia, Cyprus
-July 2000, 1st maRia aRistidou fashion show, Limassol, Cyprus
-1997, participation at the CyMode’97 competition for young Cypriot fashion designers organized by the Cyprus Chambers of Commerce. maRia aRistidou was the only self-learner among the 16 contestants and her catwalk presentation of 3 outfits won 2nd place.